“More action required at national and international level to stop human rights abuses by business”
The UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and its Guiding Principles set out clearly that business impacts require a “smart mix” of policy responses that includes not only voluntary measures but also regulation. CIDSE and its member organizations believe that if the Framework and Principles are implemented effectively in this way, they could be a valuable tool for reducing the risk of human rights abuses. We are already actively engaged in national debates on Business and Human Rights Action Plans, in countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK, and working with our partners to monitor and evaluate the situation on the ground. The new process towards an international legally binding instrument, if thoughtfully developed, could provide an important additional tool to ensure that businesses respect human rights.